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Why Zimmermann struggles to hold a lead

By Tom Schad | Associate Reporter

Jordan Zimmermann has been stellar this season in every way but one: when the Nationals give him a big lead, he can’t seem to hang onto it.

The certain All-Star has already matched a career-high with 12 wins and boasts the ninth-best ERA in the Major Leagues (2.46). He has allowed three runs or more only four times, including Monday night against the Brewers. Yet in all four games, the Nationals gave Zimmermann had a cushion of at least four runs and he allowed the opposing offense to work its way back into the game.

On Monday, Zimmermann took an 8-0 lead into the top of the fifth inning. By the end of the sixth, that lead had been cut in half.

“You get eight runs like that and you’re just pitching to the score,” he explained. “I’m throwing fastballs and trying to get quick outs and trying not to fall behind anyone. They took the fastball the other way. I was just throwing it away. They got a few base hits and I wasn’t able to get out [of] a couple of innings and they just hit the ball. I was just trying to throw strikes and try[ing] to go deep in the game. They obviously knew I was going to throw the fastball and I wasn’t going to mess around. They were ready for it.”

For Zimmermann, the trend is nothing new. In 28 Major League starts in which he’s received minimal run support (0-2 runs), Zimmermann has a 2.50 ERA. In 29 starts when the offense has scored six runs or more, his ERA jumps to 4.21.

While Zimmermann’s inability to hold a lead might seem worrisome, it hasn’t had a large effect on the team’s results this season. In three of his four rough starts, the Nationals have still won the game. Count manager Davey Johnson among the unfazed.

“He always goes after them, but he might go after them a little more over the plate,” Johnson said. “I’m not really worried about it.”

Nats’ Zimmermann avoids arbitration

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann avoided arbitration Friday evening by agreeing to a one-year, $5.35 million deal with the Nationals.

Zimmermann filed for arbitration at $5.8 million, while the Nationals wanted to pay $4.6 million. The two parties were scheduled to go to arbitration on Tuesday, but Zimmermann hinted early in the week that progress was made regarding a new contract.

“I was happy to get it done. Obviously, if we had to go [to arbitration], we were ready to go. We got the deal we wanted. We are definitely happy it’s over with,” Zimmermann said.

At the moment, Zimmermann and the Nationals are not talking about a contract extension. Since last summer, there has been talk about Zimmermann getting a multi-year deal.

“We are going to take it easy for a few days and just focus on baseball,” Zimmermann said. “As the time comes, we’ll be there to listen. We are just happy that the one-year deal is done and we are going to focus getting ready for the season.”

Zimmermann had his best season to date in 2012, winning 12 games with a 2.94 ERA in 195 2/3 innings. He is considered the third starter in a formidable rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez.

Nats’ Johnson satisfied with Zimmermann’s start

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann made his fourth start of the spring in a 5-1 loss to the Astros on Friday. He pitched five innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. Zimmermann threw 74 pitches, 51 strikes.

Manager Davey Johnson wasn’t concerned that Zimmermann gave up the four runs. The skipper just wanted Zimmermann to pitch five innings and get ready for Opening Day.

“The results weren’t that good, but he threw the ball well,” Johnson said. “He gave me five innings, which I wanted to see. Five innings is more important to me than the pitch count. He has one more start before the regular season starts. I like the way he is throwing. That’s the big thing.”

Zimmermann is expected to pitch the third game of a three-gane series against the Cubs on April 8th at Wrigley Field.

Wang, Zimmermann have bullpen sessions

Nationals right-handers Chien-Ming Wang and Jordan Zimmermann had bullpen sessions Friday without any problems, according to pitching coach pitching Steve McCatty.   

Wang threw 30 pitches — all fastballs. It was his first session since Monday, when he threw 45 pitches. Wang was expected to throw Wednesday, but the session was postponed because of a sore right shoulder. Wang will have his next session Sunday at Space Coast Stadium.

After throwing 15 pitches Monday, Zimmermann threw 45 pitches Friday. It’s not known when Zimmermann will have another session in the bullpen.

“He looks great. He has to take it nice and slow and stay with the program. He is doing that,” McCatty said.      

Zimmermann is ahead of schedule in terms of making a comeback, but general manager Mike Rizzo told  Zimmermann that he would not pitch in a game until August.

Once Zimmermann returns, the Nationals are hoping that he and Stephen Strasburg become a one-two combination on the pitching staff by 2011.

Three things to look out for Monday

* Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will have his first bullpen session of the spring. He will throw 10-15 pitches — all fastballs.

* Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will have another bullpen session. On Friday, he threw 45 pitches without pain. Wang would like to improve his delivery, however.

* The Nationals will have their fifth round of cuts. If not Monday, then Tuesday for sure.

      

Zimmermann has elbow surgery

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann had elbow reconstruction on Wednesday and is expected to miss 12 to 18 months.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the team’s medical director, and Dr. Lewis Yocum in Southern Calif.

Zimmermann, who is traveling to Washington on Thursday, will be in a splint for seven days and then start range-of-motion exercises. He is expected to stay with the club and rehab the elbow for the rest of the season.

Zimmermann pitched in 16 games and was 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA for Washington this season.    

In other news, outfielder Austin Kearns, on the disabled list because of a thumb contusion, hopes to start baseball activities in a couple of weeks.   

Zimmermann out for season; surgery required

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will need elbow reconstruction, according acting general manager Mike Rizzo. Zimmermann is expected to  be out 12 to 18 months.

Zimmermann, who was in his first year in the big leagues, pitched in 16 games and was 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA and team-leading 92 strikeouts with Washington. There is no word on when or where the surgery will take place. 

The Nationals had concerns about Zimmermann’s elbow since last Saturday after an MRI was taken the previous day. But before making an final conclusion, the Nationals took the MRI to Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., and he confirmed that Zimmermann has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. Washington also is planning to get a third opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum in Southern California before surgery is done.

“Jordan was very upset. It was one of the toughest calls I had to make,” Rizzo said. “He is one of our crown jewels. He is going to work hard and be in Washington rehabbing his right arm.”

Zimmermann last pitched on July 18th against the Cubs before complaining of tightness in the elbow. 

Zimmermann was not available for comment.

Zim has setback; Kearns has tissue removed from thumb

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann did not have his scheduled bullpen session on Friday because he continues to have tightness in his right elbow. He will have an MRI soon to determine the seriousness of the injury.

The Nationals were hoping that Zimmermann could pitch on Tuesday against the Braves, but that plan has been put on hold.  

“He just came in and he feels a little something there. We are concerned [enough] to not let him throw in the bullpen,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “He wants to pitch. But with where we are at, we are going to get him looked at again, get some pictures taken. Hopefully, he will be pitching.”       

In other news, outfielder Austin Kearns had tissue removed from his injured right thumb in Baltimore. He will be re-evaluated on Monday to determined how long he will be out for.   

Outfielder Roger Bernadina, who is on the DL because of a fractured right ankle, will not play in a big league game anytime soon. Although the bone in the ankle has healed, Bernadina feels a lot of soreness. There’s no timetable on when he will play in a Major League game again. 

Kearns seeing specialist; Zim may get big-league start

Nationals outfielder Austin Kearns is expected to see Dr. Thomas Graham in Baltimore on Thursday to check on his right thumb. On that day, it will be determined if Kearns needs surgery.

“It started out as a bruise or contusion. It wasn’t getting better,” said Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the Nationals’ medical director. “It’s a possibility that he needs surgery, but I don’t want to speculate.”    

In retrospect, interim manager Jim Riggleman believes Kearns’ thumb has been bothering him off and on this season. Kearns was not available for comment.  

Kearns has had thumb problems dating back to his Minor League days with the Reds. In 2001, Kearns suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb and missed most of the season.

Three years later, scar tissue, a lesion and bone spur had to be removed from his thumb.

As for right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, the team has not decided where he will make his next start — the big leagues or the minors.

Zimmermann was scheduled  to pitch four innings on Tuesday for Class-A Potomac, but he pitched  3 1/3 innings. He left the game because a line drive hit Zimmermann on the back of the left leg in the fourth inning. He is expected to be OK and have a bullpen session on Friday.

If he pitches in the big leagues, Zimmerman will likely start against the Braves on Tuesday.

“We won’t know until after he has his bullpen session the day after tomorrow,” Riggleman said.

Zimmerman is on the disabled list because of a sore right elbow. Every time he pitches, he feels tightness in the elbow.       

“It’s tight. I don’t know how to describe it,” Zimmermann said.

Zimmermann has rehab start

In his first rehab start on Tuesday, Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, on the disabled list because of a sore right elbow, allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in 3 1/3 innings for Class A Potomac. He struck out six batters and walked one.

Zimmermann may have another rehab start or pitch in Major Leagues later in the week.  

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